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Centegra opens center for chronic wound management in McHenry

H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com
Nurse Michelle McCarthy (center) and Dr. Rene Sherwin Parungao examine Teresa Meyer (left) of Woodstock during her visit to the Centegra Wound and Hyperbaric Center at 2507 N. Richmond Road in McHenry. The center offers patients state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in which patients breathe 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber to increase the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream to assist in healing wounds.
H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com Nurse Michelle McCarthy (center) and Dr. Rene Sherwin Parungao examine Teresa Meyer (left) of Woodstock during her visit to the Centegra Wound and Hyperbaric Center at 2507 N. Richmond Road in McHenry. The center offers patients state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in which patients breathe 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber to increase the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream to assist in healing wounds.

McHENRY – Centegra has opened a Wound and Hyperbaric Center in the former McHenry Staples, 2507 N. Richmond Road.

The center serves to help people with chronic wound management through treatments meant to reduce healing time.

Wounds treated at the center include diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, traumatic wounds and burns, director Amy Moerschbaecher said.

The McHenry clinic saw 19 new patients within its first week of being open, Moerschbaecher said. Centegra employs 23 associates who float between the McHenry and Huntley Wound and Hyperbaric Centers based on volumes.

The staff is trained in the specialized care of problem wounds.

The new facility gives Centegra the ability to almost double the number of patients it can see at the centers, Moerschbaecher said. In June, the two centers saw 98 new patients and had 810 encounters, she said.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces swelling, fights infection and helps produce new blood vessels and healthy tissue, according to Centegra’s website.

A patient is placed in clear hyperbaric chambers and breaths in 100 percent oxygen, which increases the concentration of oxygen in his or her bloodstream and allows the “body’s natural, oxygen-dependent healing process to work more efficiently.”

The McHenry facility contains two hyperbaric chambers.

The center also offers endovenous laser ablation therapy – a nonsurgical treatment for superficial venous insufficiency.

This disease causes enlarged, swollen or twisted veins that often appear blue or dark purple called varicose veins, according to the website.

Other treatments offered include debridement, which is the cleaning of the wound, nutritional management and pain management. Moerschbaecher said there are no side effects with any of the treatments.

Centegra also offers these treatments at its Huntley location, 11650 S. Route 47. For information, call 847-802-7300 or visit centegra.org/.

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